Financed by the band's prize money from a Norwegian music festival the previous year, 'Troll' is a more polished and refined album than its predecessor, but also much, much duller. Trading in most of the heavy metal elements for an almost entirely folk sound, this is universally slow and often tedious folk metal lacking in the character and fun I usually associate with the genre. It's not lousy, it's just really, really boring.
The lyrics are probably quite interesting if you speak Norwegian, written professionally by Birger and Kristin Sivertsen, but the music they're put to sounds like a cross between a heavenly lullaby and a soft Jethro Tull. The female vocals are strong but not gripping, and the occasional male vocals are really quite awful, mechanically distorted to completely spoil the otherwise tranquil and historical atmosphere. Only opener 'Nøkken' contains a truly memorable violin melody, and that's probably only because it comes first before the rest of the album all starts to blend together, and even the comparatively upbeat folk performances of 'Perpålsa' and 'Blæster' aren't enough to wake me up significantly.